History Book Reviews (page 936)

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Released: April 19, 1994

"This is compelling material worthy of treatment by Gordon Prange or Len Deighton, but it's told here by a sloppy researcher with poor narrative gifts. (B&w photos)"
A plodding account of one of the most fascinating of WW II stories—how Japan sought to spy on the Allies through neutral countries. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 19, 1994

"An essential one-volume read for the layman or undergraduate."
A richly documented short history of the Warsaw Ghetto by Gutman (History/Hebrew University), who is a death-camp survivor and the director of the research center at Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust memorial. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 19, 1994

"A timely study that, as the author says, offers more interesting questions than simple answers."
Psychoanalyst Strozier (History/John Jay College/CUNY; Lincoln's Quest for Union—not reviewed) probes the minds of ``end- time believers'' to investigate a growing religious trend that he sees as one response to a widespread sense of ultimate threat. Read full book review >
LOOKING AT THE SUN by James Fallows
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Released: April 18, 1994

"An astute observer's provocative response to what he deems the large-scale economic challenges posed by Asia to the West. (Author tour)"
While capitalism may have bested communism in the Cold War, Fallows (More Like Us, 1989; National Defense, 1981, which won the American Book Award) fears that the West does not realize that the world's balance of economic power is shifting from the North Atlantic to the Pacific Basin and, further, that Asian economic success is based on a system of free enterprise that diverges in crucial ways from that of the West. Read full book review >
NEVER AGAIN by Peter Hennessy
HISTORY
Released: April 18, 1994

"An absorbing, limpidly written study of the political and social dimensions of England's graceful descent from greatness."
Hennessy (Contemporary History/London), a former correspondent for the Times of London and The Economist, offers a massive history—impressively scholarly and as engagingly readable as the best journalism—about the first six years of Britain's postwar transformation from an imperial power into a welfare state. Read full book review >

DIPLOMACY by Henry Kissinger
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Released: April 18, 1994

"Profound and important."
The Nobel laureate and former national security advisor and secretary of state (Years of Upheaval, 1982, etc.) presents an engrossing and monumental (in every sense) historical survey of diplomacy from the 17th century to the present. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 1994

"While scrupulously maintaining his documentary perspective, Gill reveals the conditions that generated those crucial concerns about art and politics with which contemporary societies—the free and the unfree—are still preoccupied."
In a vivid, detailed, and powerful depiction of political and cultural life in Berlin from before WW I to 1938, Gill (The Journey Back from Hell—not reviewed, etc.) conveys the passion, diversity, energy, as well as the waste, rage and alienation that inspired the art, the politics, and ultimately the Second World War. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 1994

"Ivan is the son of Ted Solotaroff, literary critic and former Harper editor."
A striking debut collection from a journalist whose articles for the Village Voice and Esquire portray people—some famous, some obscure—hovering somewhere around the edges of pop culture. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1994

"Fascinating, lively, and especially timely to an age struggling to understand the implications of its own cross-cultural encounters."
From an obscure and isolated event, Demos (History/Yale), a Bancroft Prize-winning historian (Entertaining Satan, not reviewed) explodes the easy oppositions between Christian and savage, Indian and white, nature and civilization—oppositions on which the narrative of colonial American history has traditionally been built. Read full book review >
THE RIGHT DATA by Edwin S. Rubenstein
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Released: April 15, 1994

"The text has a foreword by Jack Kemp."
Against the odds, perhaps, this collection of columns by the National Review's house economics analyst and prominent outsiders has considerable impact as a lively, thought-provoking defense of positions near or dear to the hearts and minds of political conservatives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 1994

"An enjoyable, thought-provoking tale of family ties and cultural identity, but rock 'n' roll fans may be frustrated by the author's emphases."
A tender, sometimes funny memoir by a son of Chinese immigrants who became a writer and Rolling Stone editor. Read full book review >
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Released: April 14, 1994

"Stranger at the Gate is likely to provoke useful dialogue among mainstream Christians and to offer unsentimental hope and comfort to many who are struggling to reconcile homosexual desires with hostile, yet deeply valued, religious traditions."
White, an evangelical minister and former ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and other prominent leaders of the religious right, here describes his half-century-long struggle to accept himself as a gay Christian. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >